Glasgow Warriors have won their last eight games in a row, including beating Munster at Thomond Park last month. photograph: inpho

No matter how well any of the Irish provinces have played, this is no weekend for it all to end

Referee Luke Pearce kept control of the decision and did his job correctly in sending off Tom Court against Leinster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Onus on referees to get it right increases as matches lead to Europe qualification

 Mourad Boudjellal, the owner of Toulon: players like Jonny Wilkinson, Juan Smith and Carl Hayman have been key to their success.  Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Experienced overseas players will be crucial if Irish provinces are to stay competitive

Munster’s Dave Kilcoyne celebrates his try against Toulouse in the quarter-final. “Munster have a handful of young guys who can change everything if they grab their chance on Saturday. Dave Kilcoyne, Dave Foley, Tommy O’Donnell, Ian Keatley – these are the kind of guys who have to do it.” Photograph: Inpho

Alan Quinlan says this Heineken Cup semi-final won’t be about throwing caution to the wind – it has to be about winning

Leone Nakarawa of Glasgow Warriors celebrates as his team beats Munster in Pro12 clash last week. photograph: dan sheridan/inpho

Alan Quinlan believes players let what had happened the previous week interfere with preparations

Referee Jerome Garces shows Jared Payne a red card after just four minutes of the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Saracens at Ravenhill. Photo: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Ulster paid a bigger price than they should have for something that was clearly an accident

 Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor speaks to his Leinster players before last Saturday’s  RaboDirect Pro12 victory over Munster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This still feels like the tail end of the Joe Schmidt era but one big result will change that

Rob Penney (left) will want to end his tenure on a winning note before handing over to Munster favourite Anthony “Axel” Foley. Photograph: Inpho

Foley in tricky situation but winning, starting on Saturday, would make things easier

Irish players celebrate at the final whistle after clinching the Six Nations Championship with victory over France at the  Stade de France in  Paris. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Only six of these players have won a Six Nations before – and one of those is retiring

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